Brightly lit bulbs lining homes, resembling gingerbread homes. Chilly temperatures and snowflakes whipping you in the face. Bustling stores from open until close. Pine trees weighed down by heaping amounts of powdery snow. Christmas trees illuminating living room windows. Friends and family gathering together once again.
It is no secret that Christmas time is simply magical. Even those who do not celebrate get a taste of the season, as it engulfs nearly every aspect of our culture. Be prepared for the season, and equip yourself with my five Christmas must-haves.
FASHION MUST HAVE: An ugly sweater. It’s imperative to have one ready to go! You will be invited to countless ugly sweater parties and if you aren’t, that’s a sign you need to throw your own. Pick up one for $10 or cheaper at your local grocery store (I found mine at Walmart!)
DECORATIVE MUST HAVE: A miniature Christmas tree adorns any collegiate apartment perfectly. We found one at Walmart for $30. Buy cute bulbs, string some lights on it and enjoy the festive look.
SHOPPING MUST HAVE: Dark chocolate Peppermint Luna bars! Since the malls/stores are ten times busier come the holiday season, you will inevitably be waiting in endless checkout lines. Stock up on some festive, healthy and vegan granola bars to snack on while you wait! Nobody likes embarking on a shopping trip while hungry!
CHRISTMAS MUST HAVE: The perfect Yankee exchange gift. Many people will have a “white elephant” or some kind of gift exchange at their holiday parties. My no fail go to gift that makes everyone laugh (but everyone secretly wants it!) is a back scratcher, a shower loofah, and a sweet smelling lotion! If you haven’t quite met the price limit, throw in some candy to complete it.
Tis the season!